Lights out: Blue Light Grill to close permanently

After almost 15 years, the Blue Light Grill seafood restaurant will close. Image: Ron Rammelkamp After almost 15 years, the Blue Light Grill seafood restaurant will close. Image: Ron Rammelkamp

You may remember an announcement we made about Blue Light Grill a few months ago. In April, the Downtown Mall favorite that had been serving up seafood and cocktails since Coran Capshaw opened it 14 years ago quietly switched hands. Trinity Irish Pub and Coupe’s owner Ryan Rooney took over, and we were told the restaurant would remain open through spring and summer, and that the colder months may bring a temporary closing for some renovations.

Fast forward to fall. Managing partner Rich Ridge says Blue Light Grill will close permanently before the end of the year. “We will have a new name, new menu and new design,” says Ridge. So whether you’re a long-time regular or visiting Blue Light is on your Charlottesville bucket list, get in there for some fried oysters and a drink while you can. Customers can also partake in the closing ceremonies, as Ridge and his team will be “putting together a big going away brunch on our last Sunday of service.”

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Capshaw’s flagship downtown restaurant sold 

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